69-year-old man attacked after finding two men in home he owned in Gold Hill

Rowan County assault victim speaks out

ROWAN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A Rowan County man was struck in the back of the head as he wrestled with an intruder in a home that he owned in Gold Hill.

According to Rowan Sheriff’s Captain John Sifford, the incident happened at around 11:25 am on Wednesday at a vacant house in the 12000 block of Highway 52 in the Gold Hill community.

The man, who lives nearby, had walked over to the vacant house to get something for his wife when he found two men inside.

“I went in and I shouldn’t have, not knowing how many was in there, whether they had a gun," John Trexler said.

Trexler saw one of the intruders run from the hall into a bedroom, and later saw a second intruder climbing down from a hole in the ceiling.

The victim grabbed one of the men, but while they were struggling, the victim was hit in the back of the head with an unknown object. The victim used a hammer to strike one of the men in the ribs.

“I caught him and pushed in the door, that one started hitting me all up and down the right side in the head," Trexler said. “He was hitting me in the back with the hatchet, the blunt end of the hatchet. When he hit me in the head I decided to pop that guy in the ribs with a hammer.”

According to the report, the men were able to run away from the house, going towards a nearby field.

The victim called 911, deputies responded quickly and were at the house within minutes, according to Captain Sifford.

Several Rowan Sheriff’s K-9′s were used. Master deputy Kevin Holshouser’s dog “Echo,” found a glove and a knife not far from the scene.

The victim described the suspects as white men, one with a thin beard, about 5′7″ tall and skinny, the other somewhat heavier. Both were estimated to be between 25-30 years of age.

Trexler said that if the situation presented itself again, he would probaby react differently.

“I should have shut the door and called 911 and let the law come," Trexler added. “I feel like I’m fortunate. I could have been hurt worse.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact investigator Cody Trexler at 704-216-8700, or Salisbury-Rowan CrimeStoppers at 1-866-639-5245.

Tips may also be submitted online: http://tips.salisburyrowancrimestoppers.org/

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